• Blog,  Designs

    The Future of Suburban Entrepreneurs

    One of the current issues facing suburban areas is the need to travel outside the neighborhood to gain access to different brick-and-mortar establishments where they can relax, dine, and shop with their family and friends.

    The future outlook for these suburban areas might look bleak at the moment but it doesn’t need to be a permanent future outlook. With a little re-planning and rezoning, a forward-thinking attitude, and an open-mind, the future can be quite promising for the suburban neighborhood.

    Entrepreneurship is fast becoming the mode of modern-day living. Individuals have begun establishing home-based businesses that tend to cater to online customers. So why not try to make some suburban changes that would benefit home-based businesses as well?

    One design company actually had the forward-thinking attitude of proposing that the suburban neighborhood be re-planned and rezoned to accommodate the possible establishment of home-based businesses.

    Realistically, the idea of interspersing business establishments within a suburban community actually provides more than one benefit.

    Less Travel Time

    Don’t you hate how much time you spend sitting in your vehicle while waiting for the traffic to abate? Or that you have to leave earlier or later than usual just to avoid the daily hassle of going through a traffic jam?

    With the proposed re-planning and rezoning of suburban areas, the suburban dweller can be spared the headache cause by traffic. They also won’t have the need to frequently use their cars just to reach their destinations, which is currently mostly situated outside the suburban neighborhood.

    Having restaurants, shops, and even boutique farms within walking distance equates to less vehicle travel time thus more time spent for things that really need their attention. Figuratively speaking, it literally would be just like a walk in the park.

    Community Interaction

    There was a time that every person living in a suburban area knew everyone, even if they lived 3-5 houses away. Sadly, those days are almost gone due to poor modern-day suburban planning and zoning.

    Home-based businesses in a re-planned and rezoned suburbia can help bring life back to community interactions. The establishments can be run by local residents giving them a chance to get to know their neighbors better.

    Business owners who are new to the place can also get to know their customers better compared to the owners of businesses located in highly urbanized areas due to the frequency of visit.

    Customers, for their part, get the special treatment they always deserve because the business owner would become familiar with their preferences. It’s a win-win situation both ways!

    Increased Sustainability

    Re-planning and rezoning the suburban area doesn’t only concern itself with the brick-and-mortar stores and suburban housing. It will also concern itself with the public transit routes.

    This, in theory, would allow the residents to conveniently travel between the re-planned and rezoned suburbia and the highly urbanized area with more efficiency.

    Overall, the proposed re-planning and rezoning of suburban areas to make it a thriving entrepreneur suburbia doesn’t seem too far-fetched and does beg consideration for future implementation.

    Let Reburbia know your thoughts on this proposal. We’d love to hear from you!…

  • Blog,  Designs

    Vertical Brick Gardening Habitats

    One may say that there are two major concerns of the modern world. These would be the availability of living spaces and the worsening environmental conditions caused by climate change.

    Space is one commodity in the modern world that has become quite expensive due to its limited availability. In addition, we always hear the statement “go green” which means that there is a persistent need to cultivate more plants.

    The question that begs to be answered would be “how to go green without using any additional space?”

    One possible way would be via vertical brick gardening, which is slowly becoming quite popular nowadays.

    Vertical brick gardening is very ideal for suburban neighborhoods since they already have the space. They just have to learn how to maximize the space.

    With vertical brick gardening, the average suburban resident can basically create a vertical garden made of bricks. You can create the garden in areas that are not commonly used.

    The good thing about this type of gardening is that you can also save on water consumption without sacrificing the plant’s water requirement. The last thing you need would be having dried up plants because they weren’t provided with enough water.

    You need only water the first few rows of the vertical garden from the top. The water would then trickle down to the other plants in the rows below.

    You can plot an assortment of plants that you can place along the vertical rows depending on their water requirements while putting a variety of foliage.

    For instance, you can add plants with high water requirement at the top, with moderate water requirement at the middle, and the occasional watering requirement at the bottom row. Don’t hesitate to ask your local gardening center for tips on which plants would work best for your idea.

    The use of brick materials also helps you build a more solid and long-lasting foundation. Although vertical gardening using plastic containers are already quite popular, vertical gardens using bricks adds a certain charm that a plastic bottle just can’t give you.

    Vertical gardening using brick materials not only adds more character to brick homes, but you can use your existing brick wall as a part of the foundation.

    But don’t throw out that plastic bag and plastic bottle just yet. Did you know that you can make a brick out of those as well?

    Yes, there are now a number of online tutorials on how to make bricks out of recycled plastic materials. By using plastic recyclable materials, you get to contribute your fair share in saving the environment from additional pollutants.

    One design proposal actually had built in animal or bird habitats while another also offered a water fountain feature to break the monotony of simply looking at plants. After all, a garden won’t be complete without its fair share of wildlife and a water fountain.

    Do you have an idea for a vertical brick garden design? Or do you have any questions that I can help with? Send me an email at Reburbia. I would definitely love to exchange thoughts and ideas with you.